Tuesday, April 05, 2005

New Stereotype- chav

It is always a bit fun to discover the stereotypes of other cultures. My favourite in London so far is the group called “chav.” A quick definition according to Chav World is: 'chav' (slang) - a young person, often without a high level of education, who follows a particular fashion; Chavs usually wear designer labels including the chav favourite 'Burberry', and if they’re girls, very short skirts, large hoop earrings and stilettos. Chavs see branded baseball caps as a status symbol and wear them at every opportunity. Normally found hanging around shopping centres. Also known as Townies, Kevs, Hood Rats, Charvers, Steeks, Stigs, Bazzas, Yarcos, Ratboys, Chorer, Skangers, Scutters, Janners, Kappa Slappers, Scallies, and Spides. Also known as Neds in Scotland, knackers & skangers in Ireland, and Guidos in the USA I have also always loved the way the British cuss. It is so much more fun. Fuckwit, twat (not the American pronunciation. It rhymes with bat), tosser, and wanker are so much more fun than cocksucker or asswipe. This all was actually a topic of conversation at two dinners with different people: The British and their cursing vocabulary. A new one that I never heard before last night which is “minger”. Some variations on that theme are minger, minge-box and for those who wish to add ancient racial hatred of the Irish to their cursing, ginger minger.

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